New Orleans Saints

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome | Coach: Sean Payton
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st108.9 (16th)317.1 (1st)
Defense27th101.6 (14th)273.8 (32nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
 Allen, Jack C6-22969/24/19921Michigan State
50Anthony, Stephone OLB6-32457/28/19923Clemson
72Armstead, Terron T6-53047/23/19915Arkansas-Pine Bluff
37Banjo, Chris CB5-102072/26/19904Southern Methodist
97Barrington, Sam (FA) LB6-124010/5/19905South Florida
48Bell, Vonn SS5-1120512/12/19942Ohio State
 Bighill, Adam LB5-1023010/16/1988RCentral Washington
40Breaux, Delvin CB6-119610/25/19893Louisiana State
9Brees, Drew QB6-02091/15/197917Purdue
 Bush, Rafael DB5-112035/12/19877South Carolina State
31Byrd, Jairus (FA) FS5-1020310/7/19869Oregon
38Cadet, Travaris RB6-12102/1/19896Appalachian State
39Calhoun, Taveze CB6-118812/26/19921Mississippi State
16Coleman, Brandon WR6-62256/22/19923Rutgers
46Crawley, Ken CB6-11802/8/19932Colorado
 Daniel, Chase QB6-022510/7/19869Missouri
95Davison, Tyeler DT6-23099/23/19923Fresno State
47Drescher, Justin (FA) LS6-12351/1/19888Colorado
59Ellerbe, Dannell OLB6-124511/29/19859Georgia
90Fairley, Nick DT6-43081/23/19887Auburn
42Feeney, Travis OLB6-422611/18/19921Washington
82Fleener, Coby TE6-62519/20/19886Stanford
11Fuller, Corey WR6-22006/23/19904Virginia Tech
79Fullington, John G6-53005/30/19912Washington State
 Gaitor, Anthony DB5-1018210/9/19884Florida International
 Ginn, Ted WR5-111804/12/198511Ohio State
 Grayson, Garrett QB6-22205/29/19912Colorado State
45Griffin, Garrett TE6-42403/4/19941Air Force
58Gwacham, Obum DE6-52463/20/19913Oregon State
41Harper, Roman (FA) SS6-120512/11/198212Alabama
30Harris, Erik DB6-32254/2/19902California (PA)
21Harris, De'Vante CB5-111906/30/19942Texas A&M
 Hightower, Forrest DB5-101853/15/1992RSan Jose State
89Hill, Josh TE6-52505/21/19905Idaho State
 Hills, Tony (FA) T6-530411/4/19849Texas
84Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42657/4/19888Illinois
22Ingram, Mark RB5-921512/21/19897Alabama
94Jordan, Cameron DE6-42877/10/19897California
65Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19905Washington
49Keo, Shiloh (FA) DB5-1120812/17/19876Idaho
44Kikaha, Hau'oli OLB6-32467/24/19923Washington
 Klein, A.J. LB6-12407/30/19915Iowa State
 Kruger, Paul (FA) DE6-42702/15/19869Utah
29Kuhn, John (FA) FB6-02509/9/198212Shippensburg
 LaFrance, Royce DE6-32457/17/19931Tulane
19Lampman, Jake WR6-02056/11/19932Ferris State
36Lasco, Daniel RB6-020510/9/19922California
 Lattimore, Marshon CB6-01925/19/1996ROhio State
 Lawrence, Rashad WR6-21906/10/19921Northwestern
87Lewis, Tommylee WR5-716810/24/19922Northern Illinois
 Loewen, Mitchell DE6-5275//1Arkansas
3Lutz, Wil K5-111847/7/19942Georgia State
 Mabry, Ashaad DT6-331511/4/19921Texas-San Antonio
56Mauti, Michael (FA) OLB6-22431/19/19905Penn State
7McCown, Luke (FA) QB6-42177/12/198114Louisiana Tech
24Moore, Sterling CB5-102022/3/19907Southern Methodist
6Morstead, Thomas P6-42353/8/19869Southern Methodist
23Murphy, Marcus RB5-919510/3/19913Missouri
 Okafor, Alex DE6-42612/8/19915Texas
93Onyemata, David DT6-330011/13/19922Manitoba (Canada)
75Peat, Andrus G6-731611/4/19933Stanford
77Pettway, D.J. DE6-22709/19/19922Alabama
86Phillips, John TE6-52516/11/19879Virginia
43Pruitt, Jimmy CB6-020311/28/19922San Jose State
 Ramczyk, Ryan T6-631411/30/1993RWisconsin
98Rankins, Sheldon DT6-23054/2/19942Louisville
52Robertson, Craig OLB6-12342/11/19886North Texas
33Sanford, Jamarca (FA) SS5-102008/27/19859Mississippi
 Schmitt, Jesse LS6-22498/25/1992RPurdue
83Snead, Willie WR5-1119510/17/19923Ball State
 Stoneburner, Jake TE6-32618/25/19893Ohio State
64Strief, Zach T6-73209/22/198312Northwestern
54Stupar, Nate ILB6-22403/14/19885Penn State
27Swann, Damian CB6-018912/4/19923Georgia
55Tapp, Darryl DE6-12709/13/198412Virginia Tech
 Te'o, Manti LB6-12411/26/19915Notre Dame
35Therezie, Robenson FS5-92128/5/19913Auburn
13Thomas, Michael WR6-32123/3/19932Ohio State
57Trusnik, Jason (FA) LB6-42526/6/198410Ohio Northern
78Turner, Landon G6-33255/15/19932North Carolina
60Unger, Max C6-53054/14/19869Oregon
32Vaccaro, Kenny SS6-02142/15/19915Texas
 Warford, Larry G6-33176/18/19915Kentucky
 Williams, Jordan WR6-32285/9/19941Ball State
25Williams, P.J. CB6-01966/1/19933Florida State
24Wilson, Kyle (FA) DB5-101909/8/19878Boise State
 Zimmer, Justin DT6-329210/23/19921Ferris State
Injured Players
86Brown, Vincent (IR) WR5-111901/25/19895San Diego State
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New Orleans6-4311.76-3283.326.02238
 
 
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Position Listing
Landon Turner
No Updates
Ryan Ramczyk
No Updates
Senio Kelemete
News
The Saints signed offensive lineman Senio Kelemete to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Kelemete confirmed the news on his personal Twitter account, writing, "Just signed another 1 year deal with the @Saints #GloryToGod for the opportunity 2015 is my year!"

Kelemete appeared in 10 games for the Saints in 2014. Before this one-year extension, Kelemete was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent.

Tyeler Davison
News
Davison is scheduled for shoulder surgery on Thursday, NOLA.com reports.

Davison started 15 games at nose tackle for the Saints this season and logged the second-most snaps out of any defensive tackle in the league. However, he reportedly played through a torn labrum -- in addition to a separate foot injury -- since Week 4. Assuming the procedure goes well Thursday, Davison should be ready to go in time for the start of offseason activities.

Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
Terron Armstead
News
Saints tackle Terron Armstead left practice early on Monday morning, per ESPN

The team didn't disclose the reason for Armstead's early departure and wouldn't confirm whether it was injury-related. 

Armstead watched the afternoon walk-through from the sideline but didn't participate. 

Roman Harper
News
The Saints plan to use Harper in a part-time role, where he will be deployed closer to the line of scrimmage as a blitzer and open-field tackler, reports ESPN.com.

Although he racked up 73 tackles as a starter last year in Carolina, Harper's reduced role comes as no surprise, as he was largely signed to provide veteran depth behind oft-injured safety Jairus Byrd. Even if Harper makes the Saints' final roster -- no guarantee given the team's depth at the position -- he likely will have only minimal fantasy value.

Jack Allen
News
Allen was signed to the Saints' active roster Saturday, NOLA.com reports.

Allen, an undrafted rookie out of Michigan State, may be forced into action Sunday against the Bucs if starting center Max Unger (foot) is unable to play; Unger is officially listed as questionable after missing practice both Thursday and Friday.

Paul Kruger
News
Kruger had 25 tackles (19 solo) and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Saints last year. He also had one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Hoping to catch lightning in a bottle, the Saints signed Kruger -- only two years removed from a 11-sack season in Cleveland -- a few days before the start of the season. While Kruger served as a useful real-life starter opposite Cameron Jordan, the veteran defensive end did little to warrant the attention of fantasy owners. A free agent this offseason, Kruger could still return to New Orleans, though the team will likely look to draft a young pass rusher even if he re-signs. Regardless, with only four total sacks over his last two seasons, Kruger is unlikely to be a contributor to fantasy teams in 2017 no matter where he lands this offseason.

Delvin Breaux
News
Breaux (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Breaux was only able to play in six games this season due to a broken fibula and now a shoulder problem. He recorded 21 tackles and one pass deflection when available. Expect B.W. Webb and Ken Crawley to see more snaps in his absence.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ken Crawley
News
Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

This move is more so a formality with Crawley already expected to be out of commission for the next 6-to-8 weeks with a dislocated kneecap. Taveze Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday in Crawley's place.

Injury
Kneecap - Questionable for the start of training camp
Justin Zimmer
No Updates
Mitchell Loewen
News
Loewen spent the 2016 season on the non-football injury list due to a foot injury, Evan Woodbury of NOLA.com reports.

Loewen signed with Saints in May as an undrafted free agent, but was spotted wearing a walking boot on his foot later that month. Ultimately, he was waived and placed on the non-football injury list. Loewen will look to secure a 53-man roster spot during the 2017 preaseason.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cameron Jordan
News
Jordan had 58 tackles (40 solo), 7.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016.

Jordan's 7.5-sack season may appear underwhelming at first glance, but his low sack total does not tell the whole story. Rather, the two-time Pro Bowler quietly excelled as both a pass rusher and run defender in 2016. His 58 tackles ranked seventh in the NFL among defensive ends, and Jordan tied for the NFL lead with 16 tackles for loss. He also ranked in the top 10 with 21 quarterback hits and five batted passes. In fact, the scouting service Pro Football Focus consistently ranked Jordan among the top edge rushers in the NFL all season. Jordan is still in his prime -- he will be 28 years old in July -- and should be one of the top defensive ends off the board in IDP leagues next season.

Nate Stupar
News
Stupar made seven tackles (all solo) and forced a fumble that he would also recover in Sunday's win against the 49ers.

A week after making a diving interception, Stupar again made the most of his opportunities. With James Laurinaitis (quadriceps) being placed in Injured Reserve and Dannell Ellerbe (quadriceps) suffering a setback in his injury recovery, Stupar should continue to see significant playing time and he has quietly averaged seven tackles per games over the Saints' last five contests. He's worth a look in many IDP leagues.

Jordan Williams
News
Williams signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Williams, who is listed at 6-2, 216 pounds, played at Ball State and joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent last season. He spent time in training camp with the Saints before signing with the practice squad in September 2016. Williams will compete for a roster spot next season but is not expected to be a fantasy contributor.

Michael Mauti
News
Mauti, who has dealt with ulcerative colitis since his senior year at Penn State, hopes to return in 2017 following three surgeries, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.

Mauti is currently a free agent and is progressing through his recovery, but he has remained in touch with the Saints while he continues to gain weight in hopes of returning to his usual playing weight. He's still limited in terms of physical activity, but he's expecting to resume full training sometime in May.

Injury
Illness - Questionable for the start of training camp
Daniel Lasco
News
Lasco gained 32 yards on 11 carries and added two catches for 11 yards in seven games in 2016.

Lasco was one of the last players to claim a roster spot out of training camp, but the seventh-round draft pick was limited by injuries during much of his rookie campaign and had only minimal offensive impact. Still, the ultra-athletic running back remains an intriguing dynasty prospect. Starter Mark Ingram will almost certainly return in 2017, but both Tim Hightower and Travaris Cadet will be unrestricted free agents this offseason, which could open the door for Lasco to play a larger role in the Saints offense next season.

Sam Barrington
News
Barrington signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

A seventh-round pick by the Packers in the 2013 NFL Draft, Barrington spent his first three seasons in Green Bay, before signing with the Chiefs at the start of the 2016 campaign. However, he only took the field for two games with the Chiefs before being waived, as the team had more pressing needs and Barrington was unable to impress in limited action. That said, the Saints needed some additional help at middle linebacker with James Laurinaitis (quad) heading to IR, so look for Barrington to offer some much needed depth.

Vonn Bell
News
Bell had 87 tackles (61 solo), one sack, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 16 games in 2016.

Bell did not play a single snap in Week 1, but the rookie's role quickly grew and he actually replaced Jairius Byrd as the Saints' starting free safety in Week 4. Byrd is a potential cap casualty this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, Bell should return as the starter in 2017.

Obum Gwacham
News
Gwacham has generated some buzz this offseason, according to Mike Triplett of ESPN.com, and with Hau'oli Kikaha suffering a potentially season-ending knee injury, Gwacham is a candidate to replace him as a starter at defensive end.

Gwacham is a raw, developmental athlete who was drafted by the Seahawks in the sixth round out of Oregon State last year. He signed with the Saints after being waived by the Seahawks at the end of the 2015 preseason, and appeared in nine games for New Orleans, recording eight tackles, two forced fumbles and two and a half sacks. It's possible that the Saints will sign a veteran free agent to replace Kikaha, but Gwacham is an intriguing young talent who could make some noise in IDP leagues if he is able to secure the starting defensive end job opposite Cameron Jordan.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Travaris Cadet
News
Cadet only received an $80,000 signing bonus on his one-year contract with the Saints, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The contract suggests Cadet may ultimately have to fight for a roster spot, though he looks like a lock when merely taking the current composition of the team into account -- albeit with the draft still to come. If the Saints do improve their backfield through the draft, Cadet might be left to compete with 2016 seventh-rounder Daniel Lasco and 2015 seventh-rounder Marcus Murphy for only one or two roster spots. While his current footing may be less than stable, Cadet does have a strong track record as a useful pass-catching option for Drew Brees.

Jimmy Pruitt
News
Pruitt (knee) was placed on IR Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Pruitt was waived/injured Tuesday, but the team announced that he will be placed on IR after clearing waivers Wednesday. In his absence, De'Vante Harris and Cortland Finnegan are likely to see an increase in playing time.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Garrett Grayson
News
Grayson signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Grayson was the Saints' third-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, but he spent the past season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. The 6-2, 220-pound quarterback out of Colorado State has not developed as quickly as the Saints have hoped, and he will presumably be given one last chance to earn a roster spot as Drew Brees' backup next season.

Jairus Byrd
News
Byrd will be released by the Saints at the start of free agency, NFL Network's Ian Rapaport reports.

Despite his production on the field, Byrd's price tag ultimately became too big of a burden for the Saints. The eight-year vet was slated to earn $7.9 million this year and $22.9 million over the next three years. Byrd tallied 82 tackles in 2016, but with the emergence of Von Bell in the secondary, New Orleans decided to part ways with the 30-year-old sooner rather than later.

A.J. Klein
News
Klein signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Mike Triplett of ESPN reports.

Klein was expected to sign with the Saints, but had to wait until the new league year began on Thursday to make the deal official. Klein backed up Luke Kuechly during his time with the Panthers and will now be looking for a larger role in New Orleans. The Saints were a middle-of-the-pack rushing defense in 2016 and will look to Klein to provide a run-stuffing threat in the middle of the defense.

Manti Te'o
News
Te'o (Achilles) has agreed to a two-year deal with the Saints, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

Looking to bounce back from a torn Achilles suffered in September, the 26-year-old linebacker will join a Saints defense that seemingly has bigger issues than its linebacking corps. While there appears to be ample competition at the position, the Saints don't have any proven standout performers, which means Te'o should at least have the opportunity to compete for a starting job. He started 34 of his 38 games during a four-year run in San Diego, with injuries limiting him to 13 or fewer appearances each season, though he still averaged 5.8 tackles per game.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Drew Brees
News
Head coach Sean Payton said Brees plans to play for two-to-four more seasons, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.

Brees celebrated his 38th birthday two weeks after the end of the 2016 season -- a campaign in which he threw for 5,208 yards and 37 touchdowns. There was talk of his decline early in the 2015 season, but he 's since proven beyond a shadow of doubt that he's still one of the best quarterbacks in the league. As always, the Saints are looking to rebuild their defense in the offseason, hoping to put a competitive roster around Brees for the first time since 2013. The team did trade wideout Brandin Cooks to the Patriots, but with Michael Thomas and Willie Snead joined out wide by free-agent signing Tedd Ginn, the 38-year-old quarterback shouldn't have any trouble finding open receivers. He should have at least two or three more years left in the tank, assuming he wants to keep playing.

Ashaad Mabry
News
The Saints will release safety Kenny Phillips and defensive tackle Ashaad Mabry, according to ESPN.com.
John Fullington
News
A left knee injury sustained during practice Wednesday has caused guard John Fullington to lose his job with the Cardinals. He has been waived/injured.

Fullington was signed to the team's practice squad last December.

Rashad Lawrence
News
Lawrence signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Herbie Teope of The Times-Picayune reports.

Lawrence spent time with the Jaguars practice squad in 2016 but he never managed to see any game action. He'll look to secure a spot at the bottom of the Saints' receiving depth chart in 2017.

Jesse Schmitt
No Updates
Garrett Griffin
News
Griffin signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Griffin originally joined the Saints in early June 2016 following a successful tryout during rookie minicamp in May. The 6-4, 240-pound tight end, who played collegiately at the U.S. Air Force Academy, spent most of the season on the team's practice squad after failing to crack the final 53-man roster out of training camp. Griffin will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

Taveze Calhoun
News
Calhoun was promoted to the active roster Saturday, Josh Katzenstein of The Times-Picayune reports.

Calhoun hasn't played a professional snap, but that could change Sunday against the Falcons since the Saints are dealing with a hefty amount of injuries to their secondary. The rookie received the promotion because Ken Crawley (kneecap) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Brandon Coleman
News
Coleman has signed a one-year, $615,000 tender with the Saints, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Coleman will stay in New Orleans through the 2017 season. The third-year wideout was relatively quiet in the passing game last year, recording 26 catches for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Coleman was more valuable in the rushing game, where he served, and will continue to serve, as one of New Orleans' best run-blocking wide receivers.

Josh Hill
News
Hill (leg) was present at the Saints training facility Monday for the start of the team's offseason workout program, reports Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. Hill broke his fibula last December was finished the season on injured reserved.

In addition to his broken leg, Hill was also sidelined early in the season with a sprained ankle. In all, the tight end appeared in only nine games in 2016, finishing with 15 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. While his overall numbers were underwhelming, Hill quietly become a key member of the Saints offense as a versatile blocker and occasional pass catcher in his fourth season. In fact, he was playing about 66 percent of New Orleans' snaps over the seven games before he suffered the season-ending injury -- a likely contributing factor to fellow tight end Coby Fleener's disappointing first year in New Orleans. Assuming Hill is at full strength, which is likely given the nature of his injury, he should again see significant playing time for the Saints.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
Sterling Moore
News
Moore signed a one-year contract with the Saints on Tuesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.

Moore will remain in New Orleans, where he recorded 56 tackles, 13 pass deflections and two interceptions through 13 games last season. He'll likely compete with Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams for a starting gig at cornerback.

Nick Fairley
News
Fairley signed a four-year, $30 million contract with the Saints on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Fairley was signed to a one-year deal with New Orleans last season and he produced career-highs with 43 tackles and 6.5 sacks. His deal locks him up with the team through his age 33 season. Expect Fairley to start along the Saints defensive line once again in 2017.

Michael Thomas
News
With the Saints trading Brandin Cooks to the Patriots on Friday, Thomas will enter the 2017 season as the team's No. 1 wide receiver.

Thomas enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign, reeling in 92 receptions for 1,137 yards and nine touchdowns in 2016. Cooks, meanwhile, caught 78 passes on a whopping 177 targets last season. With Cooks no longer in the fold, the paint-by-numbers analysis will read that Thomas should see a boost in production as a result of increased targets in his sophomore season. Thomas is a talented player, so there is certainly reason to expect the Ohio State product to continue his upward trajectory. However, quarterback Drew Brees is not afraid to spread the ball around, so to justify his rising fantasy stock, Thomas will have to quickly prove that he can produce big numbers while facing additional defensive attention as the Saints' top receiving weapon.

John Phillips
News
Phillips will re-sign with the team for the 2017 season, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports.

Phillips was claimed by the Saints in November of 2016 after being released by the Broncos. In eight appearances with the team he recorded five catches for 32 yards. He'll look to build on that performance as he continues in his role as a depth tight end in 2017.

Zach Strief
News
Despite drafting Stanford tackle Andrus Peat in the first round, Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't see him competing for a starting spot. 

"I don’t see that initially," Payton said, per Saints.com.

The Saints have veterans Zach Strief and Terron Armstead at the two tackle spots. 

"Terron and Zach we feel are ones of veteran experience," Payton said. "One’s a tremendous leader for us at right tackle and one’s a real sharp and talented left tackle. Andrus will come in and I’m sure we’ll give him reps at both positions."

Moving Peat to guard isn't an option. "I don’t see that. He’s a tackle," Payton said. 

Anthony Gaitor
News
The Buccaneers made a slew of moves Saturday to pare their roster down to the required 53 for the regular season.

Tampa Bay cut the following players: DB Marc Anthony, LB Nate Askew, OL Edawn Coughman, CB Kip Edwards, DE T.J. Fatinikun, CB Anthony Gaitor, LB Ka'Lial Glaud, CB Keith Lewis, OL Jamon Meredith, OL Andrew Miller, FB Lonnie Pryor, OL Jeremiah Warren, K Connor Barth, DE Larry English, RB Jeff Demps, QB Mike Kafka and SS Major Wright.
Kyle Wilson
News
The Saints have placed Wilson (undisclosed) on IR, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

In his first season with the Saints, Wilson recorded 27 tackles and a pick in 15 games (including four starts) in 2015. While the 2010 first-rounder isn't much of an IPD factor, his injury does represent a hit to the Saints' depth at cornerback. Replacing Wilson on the team's active roster will be defensive tackle C.J. Wilson, who signed with New Orleans on Friday.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Craig Robertson
News
Robertson had 115 tackles (71 solo), one sack, one interception, and two fumble recoveries in 15 games in 2016.

In his first season in New Orleans, Robertson surprisingly led the Saints in tackles, starting at outside linebacker to start the year while Dannell Ellerbe was hurt and later at middle linebacker when James Laurinaitis succumbed to injury. Robertson's production waned at the end of the season, perhaps as a result of a nagging shoulder injury, but the versatile linebacker is under contract for the next two seasons and should compete for a starting role in 2017.

Damian Swann
News
Swann (undisclosed) was placed on season-ending IR Wednesday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Swann took a trip to Philadelphia two days ago to have an undisclosed injury evaluated. It's relatively unknown what the 23-year-old is dealing with, but there is some speculation that it could be a muscle-induced injury. Swann was expected to serve as a depth corner for the Saints in 2016. Cortland Finnegan and Brian Dixon are likely to see a boost in playing time during his absence.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Justin Drescher
No Updates
P.J. Williams
News
Williams has been fully cleared for the start of the Saints' offseason workout program, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Williams' problems with a concussion saw him placed on injured reserve after playing just two games last season. After all that him off, the 23-year-old has thankfully ridded himself of any symptoms, thus clearing him to rejoin his teammates to start this offseason. As it stands, Williams is projected to start at cornerback for the Saints this season.

Corey Fuller
News
Fuller (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Falcons, the team's official site reports.

Fuller will take a seat for the second time in the two weeks since he joined the Saints. The usual foursome of Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman will serve as Drew Brees' top wideout targets.

Stephone Anthony
News
Anthony (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ESPN.com's Mike Triplett reports.

The placement on IR spells the end of a disappointing season for Anthony, who logged just 16 tackles in 10 games after turning in a 112-tackle rookie campaign. Coach Sean Payton indicated that Anthony needed to make significant improvement with his read and recognition skills in order to challenge for a starting role in 2017, so he'll face some pressure entering training camp next fall.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ted Ginn
News
Head coach Sean Payton said he has a clear vision for how the team will use Ginn, the Saints' official website reports. "I see [Ginn] playing at flanker," said Payton. "I see him being a guy that can take the top off the coverage. I like what this guy does."

It sounds as if Ginn will have a spot on the outside across from Michael Thomas in three-wide formations, with Willie Snead manning the slot. The plan could change if the Saints use a high draft pick on a receiver, but the team is expected to go defense-heavy in the early rounds. In addition to his key role in the offense, Ginn likely will be in the mix for punt and/or kickoff return duties, which is how he provided much of his value earlier in his career. Although he'll celebrate his 32nd birthday prior to the 2017 draft, Ginn is still one of the fastest receivers in the league, and he's become more of a threat on offense in the latter stage of his career.

Erik Harris
News
Harris will participate in the Saints' offseason conditioning program, reports ESPN's Mike Triplett. He is also expected to be a full-go in time for training camp after tearing his ACL this past October.

Harris, who spent the prior three years in the Canadian Football League, earned a roster spot with New Orleans last year but appeared in only four games, netting one tackle before suffering a season-ending knee injury. Even if Harris is able to return from injury at full strength, he will have to compete for a roster spot at a crowded safety position.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Michael Hoomanawanui
News
Hoomanawanui (ankle) has been cleared to take part in the Saints' offseason workout program, which begins Monday, Herbie Teope of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The veteran tight end missed the entire 2016 season with a high-ankle injury, which he suffered during the Saints' third preseason game. It appears that having the last seven months off has provided ample recovery time for Hoomanawanui, who logged 11 catches for 79 yards and three touchdowns in his last healthy campaign with the Saints in 2015. He'll likely offer most of his impact as a blocker if he's able to secure a roster spot out of training camp this fall.

Jamarca Sanford
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Sanford has been placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury, ESPN.com reports.

Sanford has missed nearly the entire offseason with an injury, although the specifics surrounding it remain unclear. He's been placed on injured reserve and will miss the 2016-17 season, although he could be released by the team on an injury settlement. Sanford was slated to be a depth option at safety during the upcoming season, as both Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are likely locked into the starting lineup.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Rafael Bush
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Bush agreed to terms with the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Bush played for the Saints from 2012-15, but spent last season with the Lions, playing as the team's No. 3 safety while recording 53 tackles and two interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown. Bush is 30 years old, and while he may not start ahead of Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell, he should still see a significant amount of snaps and act as a veteran presence on New Orleans' defense.

Mark Ingram
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Ingram would figure to retain his starting running back position even if the Saints sign Adrian Peterson (knee), Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reports.

Ingram rushed for a career-high 1,043 yards while averaging 5.1 yards per carry and scoring 10 total touchdowns last season. That came despite him getting only about four more carries per game than backup Tim Hightower, who has since joined the 49ers in free agency. Coming off another knee injury, it's likely that Peterson would fill the spot vacated by Hightower's absence. After beginning his career with Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles around, Ingram is no stranger to splitting New Orleans' backfield workload, so the potential addition of Peterson shouldn't alarm fantasy owners all that much.

Larry Warford
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Lions offensive lineman Larry Warford is still bothered by a high ankle sprain, but he hopes to begin practicing this week, reports MLive.com.

"It's good," he said. "Your soreness is going to be obvious, but I feel better. It's coming along pretty well. It feels good to run again."

Warford suffered the injury in the preseason and missed Week 1.

Adam Bighill
No Updates
Tommylee Lewis
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Lewis finished the 2016 season with seven receptions for 76 yards and three carries for 11 yards. He also had 152 yards on eight kickoff returns and 160 yards on 14 punt returns.

Lewis made the Saints' final 53-man roster out of training camp as an undrafted free agent from Northern Illinois. Although he's listed at only five-foot-seven, Lewis is an explosive athlete who lined up all over the field for the Saints. He particularly excelled as a returner, averaging over 11 yards per punt return and 19 yards per kickoff return. Lewis faces an uphill battle for playing time due to a crowded wide receiver depth chart, but the diminutive dynamo should enter the offseason as the favorite to return kicks for the Saints in 2017.

Shiloh Keo
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Keo signed a one-year contract with New Orleans on Wednesday, Herbie Teope of the Times-Picayune reports.

Keo played in just seven games for the Saints in 2016, signing with the team midseason and missing some time due to a hamstring injury. He finished the year with five tackles and was a quality special teams player. In his first full season with the team in 2017, he'll look to have a larger role on defense and continue making an impact on special teams.

Marcus Murphy
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Murphy appeared in only three games in 2016, gaining 105 yards on seven kickoff returns and 57 yards on six punt returns. He also caught one pass for three yards but did not receive a carry.

The writing is probably on the wall for Murphy, the Saints' seventh-round draft pick in 2015, who was last seen fumbling a kickoff out of bounds at the one-yard line in Week 11 last season. Murphy showed some flashes in the return game, but he is unlikely to return to New Orleans in 2017.

Jake Lampman
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Lampman (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt versus the Falcons, the team's official site reports.

Lampman finds himself with his usual inactive designation, with Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Brandon Coleman all active for the Saints.

Jason Trusnik
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Trusnik signed a contract Wednesday with the Saints, Tom Pelissero of USA Today reports.

Trusnik will provide the Saints with some depth at outside linebacker, but he's expected to make his biggest impact with New Orleans' special teams units. The 32-year-old has been out of the NFL this season after appearing in eight games with the Vikings in 2015.

Tony Hills
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The Panthers signed two offensive linemen and released a running back to get their roster to 90 players on Tuesday. 

The Panthers signed Tony Hills and Davonte Wallace and released Darrin Reaves.

Hills played for Dallas last season, while Wallace spent time with Miami. Reaves rushed for 78 yards last year. 

David Onyemata
No Updates
Willie Snead
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Snead reported Monday for the start of the Saints' offseason program, ESPN's Mike Triplett reports.

Snead rejoined his teammates despite not having signed his exclusive-rights tender, which would earn him only $615,000 this season. After catching 141 passes for 1,879 yards and seven touchdowns in two seasons since entering the league, Snead is clearly more valuable than that -- especially to the Saints, who traded wideout Brandin Cooks this offseason. Knowing that, Snead has decided to show faith in the belief he and the Saints can reach a long-term deal before the start of the season, thus making any holdout from team activities unnecessary.

Sheldon Rankins
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Rankins strained his Achilles in Sunday's loss to the Falcons but should be ready for offseason work, John Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune reports.

Rankins, who suffered a leg injury during training camp this season, spent half of the season on the sideline, but was able to return to the field in Week 9. In nine games with the team, the first-round pick notched 20 tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble. He'll now turn his focus to returning from the Achilles injury in time for offseason workouts.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kenny Vaccaro
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Vaccaro has been suspended for violating the NFL's PED policy and will miss the remainder of the regular season.

Vaccaro has been suspended for four games and decided to serve the suspension immedietly rather than fight it to avoid it possibly carrying over to next season. If the Saints manage to make the playoffs he'll be eligible to play then. Vaccaro will wrap up the regular season with 51 tackles, five passes defensed, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one sack in 11 games played.

Robenson Therezie
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Therezie was released by the Falcons on Thursday, the team's official site reports.

Therezie had spent the last two seasons with the Falcons, recording 26 tackles in 25 games.

Chase Daniel
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Daniel signed a contract with the Saints on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Daniel was cut by the Eagles two weeks ago, just one year into a three-year, $21 million contract with the team. His deal with New Orleans is believed to be for just one season. He'll compete with Luke McCown and Garrett Grayson for the top-backup position behind starting quarterback Drew Brees.

De'Vante Harris
No Updates
Luke McCown
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The Saints plan to release McCown on Wednesday, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

McCown became expendable following the Saints' offseason signing of Chase Daniel, who will serve as the top backup to Drew Brees during the upcoming season. With Brees starting every game in 2016, McCown failed to see the field. The 35-year-old will look to find a home elsewhere as a depth option.

Forrest Hightower
No Updates
Jake Stoneburner
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Stoneburner signed a reserve/future contract with the Saints earlier this month, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Stoneburner entered the league in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Ohio State. The 6-3, 249-pound tight end has spent time with the Packers, Dolphins and Rams, but was signed to the Saints practice squad in September 2016. Stoneburner will compete for a roster spot next season as the Saints' third-string tight end behind Coby Fleener and Josh Hill.

D.J. Pettway
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Pettway spent the 2016 season on injured reserve due to an undisclosed injury, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Pettway started training camp on the physically unable to perform list and was ultimately waived and placed on injured reserve. Having cleared waivers, he will look to compete for a roster spot with the Saints during the 2017 preseason.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
John Kuhn
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Kuhn re-signed to a one-year deal with the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Kuhn, who will turn 35 at the beginning of the upcoming season, is returning to New Orleans for at least one more season. The veteran fullback totaled 37 yards and four touchdowns on 18 carries to go along with 16 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown in his first season with the team. He doesn't receive a ton of touches, but has solidified himself as goal line threat and safety blanket for Drew Brees, which does raise his fantasy value for deeper leagues.

Wil Lutz
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Lutz made 28-of-34 field goals and 49-of-50 extra points in 2016.

Lutz capped an eventful rookie season by making 33 consecutive successful kicks -- 13 field goals and 20 extra points -- which came came on the heels of a stretch that included two blocks returned for scores, including the game-deciding points in a loss to the Broncos. Backed by the Saints' high-powered offense, which led the league in yards per game and was second in scoring, Lutz finished fifth among kickers in total scoring in 2016. With a booming leg and, presumably, another year with quarterback Drew Brees at the helm of the offense, Lutz should again be a fantasy asset in 2017.

Royce LaFrance
No Updates
Andrus Peat
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Peat (groin) is listed as questionable on the Saints' injury report for Sunday's tilt with the Seahawks, Liz Mathews of ESPN reports.

Peat is coming off his first missed game of the season, and was limited at practice all week. He figures to be a true game-time decision Sunday. Tim Lelito will presumably fill in if he cannot go.

Hau'oli Kikaha
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Kikaha (knee) was present for the beginning of the Saints' offseason workout program Monday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Kikaha missed all of last season after suffering his third torn ACL since starting college at Washington in 2010. That unfortunate occurrence followed an impressive rookie campaign in which Kikaha finished with 52 tackles, four sacks and four fumbles forced. Although the Saints will rightfully be cautious with Kikaha going forward, having him participate in offseason workouts represents the first step in ensuring he returns to the fold this season.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Thomas Morstead
No Updates
Travis Feeney
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Feeney was signed by the Saints on Friday, Herbie Teope of NOLA.com reports.

Feeney was a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft for the Steelers, and has spent a majority of the season on their practice squad. He'll provide depth at linebacker in New Orleans, but he doesn't figure to have much IDP relevance at this point.

Coby Fleener
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Head coach Sean Payton expects Fleener to improve in his second year with the Saints, NOLA.com's Larry Holder reports.

Signed to a five-year, $36 million contract last offseason, Fleener ultimately struggled with the same kind of inconsistency that plagued him throughout his four-year stint in Indianapolis. His mark of 12.6 yards per reception was strong for his position, but he only scored four total touchdowns while catching 50 of 82 targets (61 percent), which is far below expectations for the top tight end in a Drew Brees offense. Perhaps most discouraging, Fleener was a total non-factor toward the end of the season, catching eight passes for 84 yards over the final four weeks. It's reasonable to expect some improvement in his second year in the New Orleans attack, but Fleener has never been particularly efficient on a per-target basis, despite benefiting from strong quarterback play throughout his career.

Darryl Tapp
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Tapp re-signed with the Saints on Thursday, Larry Holder of The Times-Picayune reports.

Tapp will be entering his 12th NFL season in 2017. In 2016, his first year with New Orleans, Tapp played in all 16 games, recording 17 tackles, including 0.5 sacks. He'll likely be a backup player once again in the upcoming campaign.

Chris Banjo
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Banjo agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Saints on Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reports.

Banjo opened the 2016 season with the Packers. However, he was eventually released by the team with an injury settlement and ended up signing with the Saints in November once he was back to full strength. He went on to play in seven games for the Saints, logging five total tackles. Banjo does most of his work on special teams, however, which likely will keep his fantasy outlook low heading into the 2017 campaign.

Max Unger
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Unger (foot) is active for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers.

The veteran did not play the last time these two teams met, but he'll be back in the fold for Saturday's tilt. Unger and his line mates will have the tough task of slowing down Tampa Bay's defensive front anchored by Gerald McCoy.

Alex Okafor
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Okafor agreed to a deal with the Saints on Tuesday, Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com reports.

Okafor spent the last four seasons in Arizona, where he played outside linebacker in the Cardinals 3-4 scheme. He recorded thirteen tackles, 3.5 sacks and 1 forced fumble in 2016, and should provide needed help for the Saints at defensive end opposite Cameron Jordan. It is still possible that New Orleans will draft a defensive end with one of their two first-round picks in this year's draft, so it remains to be seen what Okafor's exact role will be this coming season.

Dannell Ellerbe
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Ellerbe (foot) was active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Per usual, Ellerbe was listed as questionable on the Saints' injury report but was ultimately cleared to play. He finished the game with six total tackles and one pass defensed.

Vincent Brown
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The Saints released Brown (calf) with an injury settlement Thursday, removing him from injured reserve, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Brown joined the Saints in May, adding a veteran presence to a receiving corps lacking in experience. However, he failed his pre-training camp physical due to a strained calf, which will bring his brief tenure in New Orleans to a close. The severity of the injury will likely determine when he receives a chance with another organization.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
Marshon Lattimore
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The Saints selected Lattimore in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 11th overall.

The Saints got lucky here, snagging the draft's top cornerback prospect at anywhere from eight to six spots later than he was almost universally expected to go. Their pass defense could certainly use some help, and now they get the best they could have asked for. As a corner, however, Lattimore is unlikely to make an IDP impact

 

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